American - San Juan Hole

American, California, US


San Juan Hole

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 1400 fpm
Max Gradient 3100 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-11446500 1400 - 3100 cfs II 00h26m 1800 cfs (running)

River Description

Ideal levels for the San Juan hole are between 1,400 and 3,100 cfs with 2,100 cfs primo. At 1,400 cfs it is a shallow, rocky and sticky hole; at 2,100 cfs it is a gently retentive hole that is great for cartwheels and loops; at 3,100 cfs it is a very fast wave with a foam pile that still gives up spins, blunts and an end or two.

See the bottom of Bill Tuthill's California Creekin' American River Main Stem for directions to the put-in/take-out of this park 'n play spot. See also the Sacramento County Park Department's directions to the Rossmoor Bar access area (one of Bill's suggested put-ins).

There have been multiple reports of break-ins at the put-in/take-out parking area so it would be wise to take Bill's advise and leave nothing valuable in your car.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2008-03-24 02:13:58


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